HELP IN TIME OF NEED

Blog 258

September 11, 2022

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Rev. Robert L. Wise, PhD explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. An Archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.

HELP IN TIME OF NEED

Many people are surprised to learn that the miraculous dimension has played such an important part in bringing people to faith in countries around the world. The problem in America has been a lack of openness. Author J.P. Moreland writes that a major factor in the Christian revival in the Third World has been through signs and wonders as expressions of God’s love for His people. Estimates as high as 70% of new believers are brought in through this door.  Other estimates suggest that 90% of the growth of the Church in China has come through healing miracles. When people are in need, they become open to the possibilities in a profound way.

I saw this happen in my own church a number of years ago. I was holding a seminar on a Saturday morning when the front door of the church opened. A brother and sister brought in their father who was obviously struggling to find his way.  I stopped the seminar and walked over to the family. At that moment, I realized the father’s eyes were open, but the man was blind. He needed his children to keep from falling or running into a wall.

“Can I help you?” I asked.

Even before they answered, I could see that they had a different nationality from most of the people in Oklahoma City. I was to learn they were Iranians and had immigrated to America during the upheaval in that country. (Names have been changed to protect their privacy)

“We are Muslims,” Janan said. “But a friend told us that your church prays for the sick. We don’t care about any differences we might have. My brother Radin and I are deeply, deeply worried about our father. Can you pray for him to see again? Right now?”

I glanced back and forth between the brother and sister. Radin looked even more panicked and distressed.

“I have no power to heal anyone,” I explained. “But I can call on our Heavenly Father to touch your father. The Holy Spirit cannot be seen, but he brings healing in His presence.”

“Please do this thing right now,” Janan pleaded. “We must have help.”

By this time some of the people in the seminar had gathered around us. “Let’s all lay our hands on this good man and pray together,” I said. “We need God’s touch right now.”

The group began praying fervently for the healing power of God to be released. Together we interceded for the father’s blindness for several minutes. Abruptly, he cried out, “I can see! I can see!” The brother and sister began to weep as their father walked around confirming his sight was restored.

Although no one asked this Muslim family to respond in any particular way, the brother and sister joined our church and confirmed their newfound faith. Such is what is happening all over the world today. And in America? Sure, the same happenings occur with those who reach out in faith. Healings are a confirmation of the Gospel story.

Just remember. Miracles never cease.

Did you discover something miraculous during the past year? I’d be delighted to hear your story. Please write me. Please email me your story at: miracles@miraclesnevercease.com.

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MNC GOLDEN OLDIES: MEET MIKE AND BETH

BLOG 49

Originally Posted on July 31, 2017

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Rev. Robert L. Wise, PhD explores the world of Divine intervention from an objective point of view. Can 21st Century people believe that the hand of God touches people in today’s world?

Read and you’ll find new insights.

MEET MIKE AND BETH

Part Four

Alcoholism is a disease for which there are significant medical treatments. At the same time, some forms of the addiction become a vehicle for evil. Alcoholism is not the only problem that is both a medical problem as well as the tool for evil intrusion. Often at the root of the problem are experiences that have created guilt or anxiety that the victims use alcohol to cover. In the last blog, I reported how the Bishops Mike and Beth Owen encountered evil and began a ministry of defeating the demonic invasion that has swept across this country. Here’s another example from their experience.

Mike’s father called about him and Beth ministering to a fellow worker whose addiction to alcohol was destroying the man’s life and pushing him to contemplate suicide. After picking up a friend who had experienced a miraculous recovery from addiction before entering the ministry, they went to the man’s house. Their friend was always soft spoken.

The curtains were drawn and the unkempt house was cold, and dark. A stale heaviness hung in the air, making the room smell like a dilapidated bar. An evil aura seemed to hover around the house. When the door opened, the blurry-eyed man stood there extremely drunk. At once, he dropped to his knees and grabbed the Owens’ friends around the legs.         
“Christ forgive me,” the drunk sobbed. “Have mercy on me.”

In contrast to what they expected, Mike’s friend shouted with sternness, “Come out of him you spirit of addiction and you spirit of alcoholism!” The minister kept demanding release to break the hold Evil had on the drunk.

“Do you want to relinquish your life into the hands of Christ?”

“Yes!” he cried. “Oh, yes!”

“Be set free!” the minister exclaimed.

The drunk stopped sobbing and abruptly stood up. The awful odor and stench of alcohol seemed to float away from the room. His face cleared and brightness returned to his eyes. Peacefulness settled around him. In a matter of minutes, he had gone from complete intoxication to sobriety and a countenance of contentment.

The possession by Evil had been broken.

Whether the release would be considered a miracle or not, it was certainly a divine intervention. In these incidents, Mike and Beth realized that they were growing in their ability to minister with empowerment. Their ability to enter into the realm of the miraculous was increasing.

In the days ahead, they would be a formidable foe of evil. Their path is not unique. Anyone can decide to stand against evil and learn how to become a vehicle for divine intervention.

Did you discover something miraculous during the past year? I’d be delighted to hear your story. Please write me. Please email me your story at: miracles@miraclesnevercease.com.

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MNC GOLDEN OLDIES: TAKING THE NEXT STEP

BLOG 35

Originally posted on April 10, 2017

Rev. Robert L. Wise, PhD explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. An Archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.

TAKING THE NEXT STEP

On day after her husband left the family, Susan strolled down the street. With each step, she felt more rejected and discarded. The feeling of being disclaimed kept growing. Susan kept looking at these trash bins lining the curb and feeling like she had been dropped into one of them.

Suddenly, Susan heard, “You are rejected, discarded.” She realized a person she didn’t even know was her mortal enemy. Another woman wanted to destroy her. Never in her life had she had such a feeling, but she knew some specific person wanted to demolish her… Her heart filled with fear.

Susan turned around and ran through her garage door and into the den. When she fell on the rug oppression swept over her. Once again, Susan wept profusely. Finally, she grabbed her Bible and cried out, “Help me.” When she opened the scripture, she read, “For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you’.”

She instantly knew the Lord was speaking and present in her despair. Susan read again, “I will help you.” She looked at the page twice. “Those who contended with you, those who war against you shall be as nothing, as a nonexistent thing.” Susan stared in amazement. Nothing could be clearer. God had spoken.

As had been true in the past, the Lord used the words of scripture (often out of context) to send her a clear, decisive message. The heavenly Father used the Bible to speak and bring reassurance in the midst of her despair.

Susan realized never had she been more free. She had received a miracle.

When she reflected on what had occurred, Susan recognized God had reversed the order of what she experienced strolling down the street. She walked, felt rejection, saw trash cans, ran, and knew she had an unknown enemy. However, when the Holy Spirit intervened she discovered she was chosen, not rejected. Her fear and rejection were reversed. When she cried out for help, he answered with a Biblical promise. To combat this unknown enemy, the scripture promised strength. The enemy would become nonexistent.

Later she learned the name of the women who was chasing her husband. This person had blatant disregard for his marriage.

Susan sat up and raised her hands in air. She began shouting, “I love you God! More than anything in my life, I love you!” She kept praising God as the realization settled in that she had also crossed the bridge from loving the idea of God to loving and adoring Him in the deepest possible personal way. The divine intervention had taken her to an entirely new place of personal relationship.

As the years have gone by, Susan has rebuilt her life. She is highly successful and continues to walk a path in which God can speak and does.

Just remember… Miracles never cease.

Did you discover something miraculous during the past year? I’d be delighted to hear your story. Please write me. Please email me your story at: miracles@miraclesnevercease.com.

Readers of my MIRACLES NEVER CEASE blog will be fascinated by my latest book

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HELP FROM BEYOND

Blog 257

August 14, 2022

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Rev. Robert L. Wise, PhD explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. An Archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.

HELP FROM BEYOND

The earliest Christians condensed their convictions into the Apostles Creed. Churches around the world recite this Creed every Sunday. They affirm that they believe in the “communion of the saints.” Some groups assume this means showing up for fellowship suppers. The first century Christians believed in much more. They contended that their relationship with believers didn’t stop at death, but continued on into eternity. They didn’t pray to the deceased saints as if they were gods of some kind, but as their friends who would always care. So, if you ask someone to pray for you, the first Christians did the same with their friends, now saints in eternity.

Can that practice still be helpful? Consider this story that was printed on July 27, 2022 in the statewide newspaper The Daily Oklahoman and was broadcast in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on News channel 6. Johnny Workman told his story.     

While he was working, a 30,000-pound asphalt roller got out of control and rolled over him. With the weight of two elephants on his chest, Johnny Workman was smashed to the ground. The accident fractured at least 27 bones in his chest. He blacked out, believing he was dead.

Before we go further, let me introduce you to Father Stanley Rother. A missionary priest from Okarche, Oklahoma. Blessed Stanley had gone to Guatemala where he was martyred on July 28, 1981. He would not leave his people trapped in a civil war and was shot to death during the night. He was officially recognized as a martyr by Pope Francis in 2016.  

When Johnny Workman’s family rushed to the hospital, they prayed frantically and evoked the communion of the saints, calling on Father Stanley Rother to add his help. And where was Johnny Workman during this time?

While unconscious, Johnny Workman was swept up in a vision- like experience. Father Stanley Rother picked him up off the ground and helped Johnny to his feet. As they started walking, Mother Mary came alongside. The three of them continued on a journey as if they were walking toward heaven. Although he had never met Fr. Rother, Johnny remains absolutely certain, the priest stood with him. They walked on.

When Johnny Workman recovered consciousness, the doctors and nurses were amazed and believed only a miracle could have saved him. Johnny said, “I know with 100% fact that it was miracle in my eyes.”

Ever ask friends to pray for you? If they should die, don’t stop asking them to continue. Can I explain this experience or discern Johnny Workman’s story? Not a chance. My conclusion is trusting God is always the answer. And don’t forget the “communion of the saints.”          

Just remember. Miracles never cease.

Did you discover something miraculous during the past year? I’d be delighted to hear your story. Please write me. Please email me your story at: miracles@miraclesnevercease.com.

Readers of my MIRACLES NEVER CEASE blog will be fascinated by my latest book

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AWAKENED TO THE LIGHT

Blog 254

July 25, 2022

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. An Archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.

AWAKENED TO THE LIGHT

Miracles come in all shapes and sizes. Often the divine touch is unexpected. Elaine Stephenson had just such an experience.

On February 3, 2021, Elaine was finished with her usual early morning two hours of “layered” prayer. Still battling an illness, something unusual started to appear.  A deeply personal vision began to emerge.

Elaine began picturing her body and ordering all the negatives to leave every part of her. She prayed for Jesus to fill every cell with his healing water followed by his healing touch. Next, she asked for his healing light to surge in.  Elaine began asking for the prayers of the many people who prayed for her need to flow through her body. As the prayer time came to an end, she gave thanks and praise to Jesus for hearing her prayers.

Almost as an afterthought, Elaine asked, “…Jesus, would you take my sack with you when you go.” She was referring to a hideous, misshaped roll of fat that had formed across her lower abdomen. While struggling with her illness, Elaine had lost a substantial amount of weight in a short period of time. The result had created the bulge around her waist. Elaine had barely gotten those words out of her mouth when she sensed a change.

Directly in front of her, she envisioned a circle with a line forming in the center, almost like a stick figure being drawn. As the line continued to extend, it started making a letter. In the center of the circle the bold capital letters formed making a giant “I AM.” She immediately thought that Jesus was saying “I AM with you.” Elaine knew her prayers had been answered. Tears began to run down her cheeks.

(Of course, Exodus 3:13-14 related that Moses discovered the name of God to be in Hebrew YHWH or  I AM).

The letter of the I AM glowed boldly across her dark room. Each letter was printed on a shape like a child’s building block. The colors glowed with an other worldly magnificence.  Long after the image fade, they letters were etched in her mind.

Finally, Elaine woke her husband and related the experience. He too was amazed. They agreed her experience must be shared with others. Oh yes. The sagging sack around her waist was gone.

Remember to expect the unexpected!

By the way, did you discover the miraculous during 2021? Please email me your story at:  miracles@miraclesnevercease.com.

Readers of my MIRACLES NEVER CEASE blog will be fascinated by my latest book

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A MIRACLE IN THE DARK

Blog 253

July 18, 2022

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert L. Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. An Archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.

A MIRACLE IN THE DARK  

            Studying miracles is always walking into a mystery. We can never be sure what comes next or how the hand of God will move. Exploring how a miracle occurred or attempting to fathom the meaning is important and helpful, but when we are finished there are more unanswered questions than what have been already discovered. The Holy Spirit moves like the wind, unseen but felt. That’s the way of the miraculous. What counts is believing, not understanding.

            Pastor James Mutahi can tell you about faith. Now a pastor in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he was originally a pastor in Kenya, East Africa. During that time, Pastor James noticed that his two-year old daughter Mary had stopped playing with the other children. She hardly touched her supper and then her temperature began to rise. Something was wrong.

               As the evening progressed so did the problem. The child’s temperature continued to rise. Sponge baths were administered to cool her, but nothing helped. James and his wife Jane gave her Tylenol but that didn’t stop the problem. Both parents laid down but couldn’t sleep. Something was dreadfully wrong with their child. At 2:00 in the morning Jane came to the conclusion that they should take little Mary to the hospital. James could hear the rain beating down on the roof and pouring down all night. That could be a problem.

            James Mutahi had always been a man of prayer and during the entire evening he had silently prayed for his daughter. He didn’t disagree with Jane about taking her to the hospital, but he deeply believed God could heal her. Even as he rolled out of bed, James hung on to that conviction.

            As soon as he started the van, James knew they had another issue. The wheels would only spin. In Kenya, the sticky clay soil saturated by rain can make it impossible for a vehicle to move. No matter how sick little Marry was, there wasn’t going to be a trip to the hospital. The family had to go back into the house.

            James and Jane began praying aloud. James believed in his God of miracles and called on the Lord to come and save his daughter. As the rains kept coming down, their prayers kept going up. And then it happened! Mary’s temperature began going down. Her feverish body began to cool. Mary started to recover. No doctor or medicine had made the difference. James could see his faith validated as his daughter began to recover.

            The next day was Sunday. James and Jane shared the story with their church of what had happened the night before. The congregation rejoiced that the intervention of the miraculous had restored this little one. The experience was an affirmation that God is always near. James and Jane remembered the promise of Jesus that he would never forsake them.

            What can you gather from their experience? Don’t forget that the issue isn’t your understanding, but your believing. The more you grow in faith, the more you will expect and your heavenly Father will answer.

            Remember to expect the unexpected!

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THE REORDERING PRESENCE

Blog 252

July 3, 2022

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert L. Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. An Archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.

THE REORDERING PRESENCE

            Anyone interested in miracles will find Lee Strobel’s The Case for Miracles to be an important read. Strobel builds a strong case for intellectually believing in the interventions of God. He presents both sides of the case for and against supernatural experience. The “for” far out weights the “against.” Here’s an example.

            Dr. Craig S. Keener, Ph.D is a well-known prodigious writer. One colleague described him as a scholar who comes along once in a century. However, that reputation did not come easy. As a boy, Keener had friends who did not adhere to the Christian faith, and a few claimed to be atheist. One day coming home from school, he was confronted by the doubters as well as believers who challenged him. As little Craig Keener finally walked home by himself, he kept thinking about their confrontations. Sitting down in his bedroom, Craig continued to argue with himself. Could their objections be true? And then he sensed “it” in the room with him.

            While he couldn’t define what was happening, Craig Keener knew God’s presence was suddenly there. Real, genuine, with him. The “Presence” exceeded all questions. He tried to spill out the issues his friends had confronted him with, but suddenly Craig felt something rush through his body. Never before had he known such a sensation, but he knew God had filled his life. Craig was immediately filled with wonder and worship.

            God’s greatness and awesomeness filled his life. As the encounter grew, Craig Keener realized his purpose in life. Moreso, he understood what The purpose is for everyone. All of us are to love God, to serve Him, and to worship Him. Craig put it this way. “Everything is to be built around Jesus.”

            From those few moments has grown a lifetime of accomplishment. Twenty-five years later, Keener had authored twenty-one books and been a professor at Asbury Theological Seminary. But the story began one afternoon in a schoolboy’s bedroom. Craig Keener discovered skeptics can become saints.

By the way, did you discover the miraculous during 2021? Please email me your story at:  miracles@miraclesnevercease.com.

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THROUGH A RADIO

Blog 251

June 27, 2022

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert L. Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. An Archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.

THROUGH A RADIO

            Recently, a dear friend who has financially supported these weekly blogs and the monthly videos on YouTube, asked me if others had helped. I had to say no. She responded, “I bet many people have been blessed through the weekly and monthly programs. If so, they might want to help with the expenses of recording, editing, directing, and other professional helps. Ask them.”

            So, I am. If these stories of miracles and the touch of God have been of value to you, your donations would be deeply appreciated. You can send them to ROBERT L. WISE, PO BOX 22716, OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA,  73123. Each week and month, these stories go around the world and are read by thousands of people. Who knows who you might be reached and helped through your contribution?

            Can a published blog make a difference.? Here’s an example of the possible impact. I’ve known LaDonna Osborne for a number of years. The daughter of missionary evangelists T.L. and Daisy Osborn, LaDonna continues to carry their ministry through Africa. Not necessarily as well known in America, the Osborn family has touched thousands of people through the decades.

            Because of the advent of the Covid pandemic, LaDonna was forced to cancel mass meetings and begin broadcasting through the radio to the Runyakole-speaking people of Uganda, East Africa.  Immediately the reports began coming in. A multitude responded. In addition, to affirming the gospel, the reports of healings followed.

            A person with fistula began following LaDonna’s directions and instruction she offered over the radio. African doctors had not been able to help. LaDonna suggested the sacrament she calls The Table of the Lord. The African woman started following the prayers and crying out in faith.  The next day the pain was gone and healing followed. Now she tells all her friends to find the recovery of their joy through contact with God.

            A person with Prostate Cancer was in the last stages of this dreaded disease. The humiliating circumstances had left the man in despair. A friend suggested he listen to the radio and tune in LaDonna’s program. As he listened, she suggested listeners pray with her. As she kept saying, “believe, believe, believe,” he prayed with her. Following the broadcast, he again prayed a simple child’s prayer of intercession. Almost immediately he was healed. He ended his letter to LaDonna saying, “God is great!”

            Do miracles still happen? You bet!

            The results of LaDonna Osborne’s ministry go on and on. The impact of these blogs and videos touch people I’ll never meet as well. Really exciting, isn’t it? If you so choose, thank you for being part of this outreach through your donations and gifts.

By the way, did you discover the miraculous during 2021? Please email me your story at:  miracles@miraclesnevercease.com.

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